Hello, friends! My name is Chewie, and I’m a very good boy! My parents tell me I’m the sweetest, most loving pup in the world! Soon after AFH rescued me from an Alabama puppy mill, my family adopted me, and I’ve been living the good life ever since with my parents and my Maltese sister, Abby. My favorite activities include snuggling on the couch, napping, belly rubs, and most of all, eating tasty treats. I love everyone I meet, and I’m especially thankful for the wonderful AFH volunteers who helped me find my forever home! My family and I wish everyone a very happy holiday season!
It is our pleasure to help. You fostered our “puppies,” now 10.5. Homer and Chena (Dusty and Franny as they were known then) have been a constant joy, even though Chena is a medical mess (pancreatic enzyme deficiencies and diabetes, heart murmur, etc.). They are the sweetest dogs and we love them to pieces.
We appreciate your hard work and efforts to help the creatures.
Harri Kramer and Russ Hogya
Chewie came into our lives a little over three years ago. We had just started our casual search when my husband came across his sweet face online. He’s been our Forever dog ever since. Our youngest of three daughters, Caroline, pictured here, always rubs his face and says, “You’re such a cute dog!” He is so lovable, sweet, and happy that I recently began to think about sharing him with others as a Therapy Dog. He is currently undergoing special training to receive his certification, and the company with whom he and I are training have said he would be phenomenal at this. I can’t wait to share his sweetness with those who are in need of a Chewie cuddle. Thank you for all that you do for canines and families alike. Our family certainly would not be the same without him.
Every September, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church participates in a church wide community service day where they work together to help in the community. We are so fortunate that St. Andrew’s organized a collection of dog items for A Forever Home! They collected 71 towels and cleaning supplies. Two dozen toys, leashes and collars were purchased at a pet store. A group of awesome teens made 60 homemade treats for the dogs, too! They even listed ingredients in case the dogs have any allergies. Gwen Ihde, 14 years old, was the team leader for the project called, “All God’s Creatures” which was partially funded by a Thrivent “Live Generously” grant. Thank you to St. Andrew’s and the Ihde and Pawson families who came to drop off the items on September 14th!
Just wanted to send a photo and update from my beautiful boy Gunner (Alexa’s Benny). Gunner is a rambunctious four month old, who loves to play fetch and go on really long walks with mom. His favorite snacks are Gibson’s back strips and peanut butter. He’s doing really great with potty training and following the rules of the house. He’s very friendly and loves meeting new people especially kiddos! He loves his stuffed Alligator Albert and his stuffed Pheasant Philbert. Gunner loves spending time at daycare and can’t wait for puppy kindergarten. I look forward to bringing him to my dog friendly office once he learns 9-5 manners, lol. I want to thank your team for bringing Gunner into my life. He’s been a wonderful addition to the family and we all love him so so much. Follow him on Instagram: gunner___point
Hi Mary and AFH,
We Adopted Olivia (purebred boxer; mother to Sarge and some other puppies that were also at the Rescue) on February 27, 2011. Olivia was the best pup we could ever have asked for! Since welcoming her into our family, she became a big sister to a little human sister (2014) and little human brother (2015). Olivia adored her little humans. She slept next to both cribs during their infancies and alternated sleeping in their beds when they got older.
Olivia was always at the door to greet us with her wiggly little boxer butt when we got home from work. She loved playing in the backyard, snuggling on the couch, and eating! She was there to console us through some very difficult times. The only complaint to ever come out of her mouth was when we weren’t moving fast enough to get her breakfast or dinner into her bowl. Olivia had numerous humans that loved her and she loved them.
Olivia was protective and playful. She was everything we wanted and needed in a puppy companion! Sadly, on Monday, December 2, 2019, Olivia passed away unexpectedly. The four of us were with her hugging her, petting her, and telling her how much we loved her. It was been extremely difficult for my husband and I, as she was our first baby, but our children are taking it the hardest. They both adored her. Since they could walk, they both would help feed her and give her treats. Our daughter had started holding her leash on walks, and was more than eager to help with her. They ask about her daily looking for reassurance that Olivia is watching over us from Heaven. Olivia was a huge part of our lives and now that piece is missing leaving behind a huge void.
Olivia accompanied us on many vacations to the beach, including this past summer to the Outer Banks. She LOVED the beach! She was included in our annual Christmas card, which always starred her and the kids. This year, we took our picture on Dec. 1, not knowing it would be the last. I have attached 3 pictures- 2 from the beach and our last Christmas photo.
I would have notified you sooner, but writing this letter has been extremely difficult. I want to thank you for giving us the chance to be the parents to the most amazing dog. I had dreamed for years of having a boxer after growing up with a boxer mix. I’ll never forget the day I first saw Olivia when she ran to the door barking at me at her foster house. She was beautiful and her personality was AMAZING! There will never be a dog quite like her. I wish we had more time with her.
Georgie is doing very well. She’s up to about 25 pounds now. She lives to run outdoors.
A Forever Home just wrapped up our Santa Photos for the year. We made nearly $1,000 thanks to Olde Towne Pet Resort and Chantilly Animal Hospital for sponsoring our events. Also a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Claus (Susan Flashman and Dick Bissell), our photographers Greg Brummett and Kristen Shields, and Patti Burke for all their hard work! — with Olde Towne Pet Resort and Chantilly Animal Hospital.
Oh the gifts gifts gifts! Jazzercize Haymarket had a Christmas donation drive for our doggies and did we get gifts! Dog beds, dog toys, leashes, collars, harnesses, bones, chews, treats and more. Thank you all so much!
It is with great sadness and breaking heart that Jewels who we adopted from you in June 2006 at the Petco at Greenbrier in Fairfax when she was 6 months old has passed. We loved her so so so much. This is my favorite picture of her a few years ago.
With Woody being in so much pain from being old (rescued him from Janet’s Rescue in Woodbridge in Sept 2005 when he was 3 months old) We decided to relieve him from his pain so they could go together. This is what they looked like when we adopted them. and a few weeks ago.